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What Have You Read This Year?

I would love to know what book(s) have made an impression on you this year. Feel free to share titles that go beyond the field of Civil War history and even history altogether. Don’t know about you, but I sometimes get caught up in books about the Civil War for months at a time and […]

Under the Cornerstone of the State House

The big Boston historical news this week was the discovery of a time capsule sealed in the cornerstone of the State House, laid in 1795. Or rather, the rediscovery of the eighteenth-century artifacts inside that capsule because they were previously found in 1855. Show More Summary

Sweet Southern Victory in Pensacola, Florida

On Thursday evening Escambia County’s board of county commissioners voted to remove the Confederate flag from the Pensacola Bay Center. This wouldn’t be such important news but for the fact that a certain Southern romance writer and blogger, who monitors what she calls “Flogger” blogs (like mine), happens to live there. Below is a video […]

The Crew XBOX360-COMPLEX

Take part in a relentless ride to infiltrate and overtake the 510s, a gang grown around Detroit’s illegal street racing scene. Your plan? Get a rep on the underground-racing scene and sabotage their activities city-by-city all across the United States. Show More Summary

The Evil Within Update v1.03-CODEX

The Evil Within (known as Psycho Break in Japan) is a 2014 survival horror video game developed by Tango Gameworks and released by Bethesda Softworks for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One video game consoles and Microsoft Windows. Show More Summary

BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend-FLT

Title: BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend-FLT Genre: Action, Fighting Developer: Arc System Works Co., Ltd. Publisher: H2 Interactive Co., Ltd. Release Date: Dec 11, 2014 Size: 7.62 GB / Split 10 part 800 MB + Single Link Compressed Languages:...Show More Summary

Final Fantasy XIII 2-CODEX

Now enhanced for Windows PC, FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 is created with the aim of surpassing the quality of its predecessor in every way, featuring new gameplay systems and cutting-edge visuals and audio. In this game the player has the freedom...Show More Summary

Lecture planned on unusual art by a Confederate prisoner of war

“I Am Busy Drawing Pictures”: The Civil War Art and Letters of Private John Jacob Omenhausser, CSA,” written by co-authors Ross M. Kimmel and Michael P. Musick, is a book of 100 or so paintings by Omenhausser and letters he sent to his wife, Annie. Show More Summary

Some Thoughts About Civil War Historians and Social Media

In response to my last post a reader inquired into a point I made in passing: Also, can you clarify what you mean by your statement that “we need to think about the ways in which social media is shaping the organization of relatively small conferences like the SCWH”? Let me respond by taking a […]

Questions about James Otis, Jr., in Hull

Here are more anecdotes about James Otis, Jr., in Hull, from the 1866 Historical Magazine article by the son of a man who grew up there: He was very courteous to the ladies, and quick in his resentments. Madam [Judith] Souther [1735-1801], his landlady, unintentionally offended him, and he put her social knitting needles for ever out of sight. Show More Summary

In Defense of Hess, Gallagher, and Meier

My good friend, Megan Kate Nelson, has fired the first solid shot in response to essays on the state of Civil War military history published in The Journal of the Civil War Era and Civil War History. The former was authored by Gary Gallagher and Katy Meier and the latter was written by Earl Hess. […]

James Otis in Hull

Back in October I left James Otis, Jr., “non compos mentis” in 1772, with Boston’s voters finally concluding that he lacked the mental stability to remain in office. Otis’s family sent him out to the South Shore town of Hull. In 1866...Show More Summary

Hagerstown Union officer’s gear is up for auction in Texas

Union infantry Col. Edward M. Mobley’s double-breasted wool frock coat, Colt revolver and holster, sword belt, leather boots and other items will be up for auction on Friday at Heritage Auctions  in Dallas, a long way from Hagerstown, Md., where Mobley had lived. Read full article >>

Revisiting the Long Room Club

As long as I’m discussing how Boston’s pre-Revolutionary Whigs organized, I should go back to the Long Room Club. Back in 2013 I said that: the earliest printed reference to this group was in Samuel Adams Drake’s Old Landmarks and Historic Personages of Boston (1873), which cited no source for that information. Show More Summary

The “Burning Misconceptions” of Sherman’s March

In this presentation Anne Rubin offers an overview of her new book, Through the Heart of Dixie: Sherman’s March and American Memory. I am close to finishing it and will write a review for Civil War Book Review. [Uploaded to YouTube on December 9, 2014]

Whom Do We Mean by “Sons of Liberty”?

One for the perennial questions about America’s Revolution is how we should understand the “Sons of Liberty,” as American activists called themselves. With a television show of that name on the way, I suspect the question will come up...Show More Summary

Charles T. O’Ferrall remembers the trial of Southern Unionist, Col. John Strother

Something I ran across again, just recently… and, a pleasant “revisit” of a couple of my favorite topics (Southern Unionism and David Hunter Strother). As some may recall, I have mentioned the incident relating to the capture and trial of Col. John Strother in a previous post… as remembered by his son, David Hunter Strother. No […]

Battle Cry of Freedom Turns 25

This year the American Historical Association will mark the 25th anniversary of James McPherson Pulitzer Prize winning book, Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era with a panel discussion that includes Judith Giesburg, Lesley Gordon, Michael Todd Landis,and Daniel E. Sutherland. McPherson will also be in attendance as the panel chair. Panelists will offer […]

The Sons of Liberty Medal

In 1874 James Kimball wrote in the Essex Institute Historical Collections:The following is from a private manuscript in my possession, written by Col. John Russell in 1850, whose father was one of the “Sons,” and an active participator...Show More Summary

What Do We Need To Know About Traditional Military History?

From Earl Hess’s essay on the state of Civil War History in the latest issue of Civil War History. In addition, despite the appearance of some top-quality memory studies by Carol Reardon, Brian Craig Miller, and Kevin Levin, a number of examples of this genre exhibit poor scholarship. Unfortunately, it is easy for a graduate […]

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